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Microsoft shuts German distribution center in patent dispute

Apr 03, 2012, 14:01 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Germany has in recent months become a major battleground in the global patent war between makers of mobile phones, tablet computer devices and their operating software in a market worth billions of dollars.

"German courts, among others, forced Korea's Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> to stop selling its Galaxy 10.1 tablet in the country and told Apple Inc to de-activate "push" notification features for some customers in Germany.

"In the upcoming decision, a regional court in Mannheim, Germany, is expected to decide whether Microsoft violated an agreement with Motorola by using certain video-compression software in products including Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 videogame console."

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